Jack Gene Frisbie of Commerce died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at the Miami Integris hospital. He was 79.

Jack was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Commerce and married his childhood sweetheart, Mildred Maxine Dickson in 1946. They made their home in Miami, California, Chicago, New Jersey and Virginia, finally returning to Commerce where they resided at Eastwood Manor Nursing Home together.

Jack's passion since childhood was building and flying radio controlled model airplanes.

Jack's work in electronics in the 1960s and 1970s lead to pioneering development of the transistor and other devices. He used this experience in helping to design some of the communications systems aboard the original Air-Force-One presidential aircraft as well as the U.S. Secret Service. He enjoyed serving many years in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and leaves many friends whom he loved dearly.

Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maxine, of the home; one daughter, Linda Drake and her husband Ted of Dunedin, Fla.; one son, Marcus Frisbie and his wife Dianne of Belton, Mo.; two grandsons, Corey Simmerok of Golden, Colo., and Jason Frisbie and his wife Sonja of Miami; one granddaughter, Myra Holt and her husband Dwayne of Belton; two great-grandsons from Myra Holt, Ethan and Seth Mills of Belton, and many nieces and nephews. A special appreciation is extended to Loletta “Pete” Schoenhals of Miami, the sister of Jack's wife. She has attended to and supported Jack and Maxine tirelessly to help them cope with their physical and emotional needs over many years.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, S. 69 Highway, Miami. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kingdom Hall, in care of Darrell Dudley, 125 D St., Miami, OK 74354.

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